Sunday, February 28, 2010
Heinz Günthardt how did your cooperation with Ivanovic come to be?
We’ve only agreed that I will help her out for the time being, until the tournament in Miami. Dan Holzmann, her manager from Basel, asked me just over a week ago.
Did you have to think twice?
No, because I found the offer to work with her very interesting, and it is a big task. And also the tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami are not a bad alternative if it’s cold at home, minus 15 degrees.
How to start the cooperation?
We have been training in San Diego for three days. This is ideal in terms of her next tournament, which takes place just around the corner in Indian Wells, California. Here, you can already play tennis outside.
Ivanovic was ranked No. 1 after after winning the French Open 2008, since then she has slipped to rank 23rd. What do you know about this?
I have known it only loosely, and frankly did not see her play too often. I am therefore a bad judge of how her game has developed over the past two years. Her results were certainly not convincing. She also had some injury breaks, there’s a lot together. And because the power density in women’s tennis is much higher today than before, you slip in the world rankings even faster if things do not go well.
What’s your first impression?
After three days I can not say much. We are in the evaluation and acquaintance phase. Apparently it has not gone badly so far – otherwise we would have hardly imagined myself as a coach. She has an enormous amount of power in the arm and can still grow everywhere, even athletically. She seems to have fun playing tennis – and she can too. In addition, she is very nice.
Ivanovic plays an exhibition at Madison Square Gardein in New York on March first. Are you participating?
I assume so.
Would you be willing to care for her as full-time coach?
We would have to talk about it. As far as I know, she isn’t looking for someone who travels 45 weeks a year with her. It is envisaged that I look after her more selectively.
I agree, Ivanovic is "very nice." Unfortunately for her career, that's just about it.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The wait is over, and Shakira's new music video for "gypsy" has been released, featuring a mostly shirtless Rafael Nadal. The song isn't the best, in fact it's quite bad and the harmonica only worsens the pain, but the sexy Spanish coupling of Shakira and Rafa do the video good.
Xisca will not approve of the steamy kiss at the end, but she'll just have to deal, 'cuz there are plenty of fish in the sea for Rafa, so finding a new one won;t be difficult.
Shakira on choosing Rafa:
“I thought that maybe I needed someone I could in some way identify with. And Rafael Nadal is a person who has been totally committed to his career since he was very young. Since he was 17, I believe.”
She's basically saying her ideal co-star was a big, young, buff Spanish-speaking athlete to make out with. What a cougar she is.
Anyways, check the vid out HERE.
After a tough 3rd round match, Marcos Baghdatis had an easier in ousting lefty Michael Berrer. The Cypriot, who has done away with former clothing sponsor Adidas and is now sporting "Love Cypriot" on his garb, defeated Berrer, who upset Nikolay Davydenko, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Tried making CC cookies the other day, and they turned out horribly. Mainly because I overdid the butter-flavored canola oil, but atleast they didn't stick to the pan like last time. I think it's time to give Maria's recipe a shot.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Roger has had to pull out of the Dubai Championships because of a lung infection.
Roger started having problems last week and is expected to be out of action for a further two weeks. If everything goes well, he will return to action at Indian Wells in March.
As a Fed-Fanatic I would love to be optimistic about this, but considering the fact that not much has been reported on the injury, I'm not getting my hopes up that we will see Rog in action in Indian Wells.
Federer told the press, "I’m hoping to be back for Indian Wells. But of course, there are no promises. This is something that will be finished only with proper treatment. I’ve been taking it easy, relaxing as much as possible. My breathing is a bit difficult and everything feels a bit slow. I can’t take any chances until I’m fit again. It could be better, it could be worse."
Good: The time off can be used to bond with the twinnies!
Bad: It's been too long since we've seen live Fed in action!
Friday, February 19, 2010
"Recently I did Juan Martin Del Potro," Bezerra said. "He was rather tall which made matters a little awkward, and I had to pay for my own taxi afterwards, but he was still more dignified than footballers. I am decided. From now, I will only do tennis players."
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Second, the Spaniard is rumored to have been seen getting cozy with Shakira at the W Hotel in Barcelona last week. Nadal makes a cameo in the singer's music video for her new single "Gypsy", but following the New York Post's article about the "romance", Rafa's rep, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, was quick to squash the fabrications, saying, "We were all there, and Shakira only came when we’d finished the main course to have something to drink, accompanied by her manager, Ceci Kurzman, and Jaume. It was a dinner organized with the director to brief Rafa on what was expected from him in the video."
Monday, February 15, 2010
Is there anything Serena Williams can't do? She's the world's top tennis player, has 2 successful clothing lines, one with QVC and one a self-owned brand. Not to mention she has written an autobiography, started a school in Africa, done some acting and written 2 yet-to-be-released screenplays. The superwoman is now in the process of adding another title to her name: ReRe is taking a 240-hour certification class to become a nail technician. Williams blogged about this new endeavor and seems quite impressed with herself after successfully completing a French pedicure.
The American also has a nail collection coming out, so I guess that leopard-print polish she debuted in Australia was a preview of what is to come.
Robin Soderling came away with the crown in Rotterdam when his finals opponent, Mikhail Youzhny, retired down 6-4, 2-0. The win was the Swede's 5th ATP title as he becomes the 1st of his country in 17 years to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. “It's been a very good week overall,” said Soderling. “I started out struggling a bit in my first two rounds, struggling to find my form, but I worked hard and managed to get better with every match.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
In Rotterdam, Mikhail Youzhny stunned the top seeded Novak Djokovic with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) victory over the Serb. Youzhny will play Robin Soderling, a 7-6 (3), 6-4 winner over Nikolay Davydenko. Soderling and Youzhny have played just twice, splitting their meetings, both of which were on hardcourts.
I saw the movie "Valentine's Day" last night and it was surprisingly not as bad as I thought it would be. When there are a bajillion movie stars all in one movie, there is potential for a hot mess, but it was pretty good and had a ton of LOL moments.
One note: Taylor Swift should stick to singing. Her acting was a nightmare.
To those of you that tend to get depressed when V-Day comes around, lots of chocolate is on sale, go get some. And if you're currently looking for "somebody to love me", the hottie above is probably available.
To the rest of you, enjoy all your lovey-dovey crap!
Happy Valentines Day!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
"I feel sad today. Amélie, you're one of the very best, and you're leaving. Younger players will always remember 'the Mauresmo years.' And I'm not even sure that anyone can replace you here," said Dementieva.
Check out some footage of the tearful tribute:
I know she's been gone for a few months now, but I'm totally going to miss her style of play. We need more grace on the WTA.
"Here is another picture. Ethiopia was a beautiful country and the people were so kind and gentle," Federer captioned his photos with the kids.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
What a giant couple.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Serb is featured in the annual Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. We all know that Aussie Ana is one of the, um, more desired women on tour, but she's not exactly what you would call 'a natural' at this whole modeling thing. The former number 1 looks awfully stiff and uncomfortable in her shots, but that's not to say she doesn't look great, although a tad photoshopped.
Click here to see the rest of Ana's shots.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Decker wasn't told about the cover until just 24 hours before the unveiling, and now she is rushing to find wardrobe for the TV appearances that go hand-in-hand with her acievement. She claims her many swimsuits weren't right for late night.
Click here for the rest of Brooklyn's photoshoot.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I know that's a little harsh, but I nearly had to turn off the tv watching her Fed Cup matches this weekend. Her ball toss is horrific, she couldn't hold serve if her life depended on it and she is as mentally strong as Kate Gosselin.
And despite practically losing the rubber for her team, she still got a lifetime endorsement deal from Adidas, become the youngest athlete ever to be a part of such a lucrative agreement. And when she retires, which, by the looks of it, will be in the near future, she get's to become the brand's ambassador.
Looks like the "three stripes" are REALLY shooting for the moon on this one.
The Serb blogged about her deal via her redesigned website, which clearly has been occupying most of Ana's time:
"I’m very proud to wear adidas for the rest of my career. Adidas has helped me immensely over the last few years by providing me with great products and unique services off the court including the adidas Player Development Program. Therefore, this long-term contract extension means a lot to me and was a logical decision. I feel thrilled to be a member of the adidas family and I am very much looking forward to working with adidas on many projects in the future."
Here is Adidas' comment:
"Ana Ivanovic’s spirit on and off the court is consistent with what women’s tennis stands for and is without any doubt a great ambassador for adidas. Ana has been part of our women’s training marketing activities from day one and we are delighted to continue our successful partnership in the future.”
Listen up WTA: Have a great spirit on court, and you too can sign a lifetime contract with one of athletic's biggest brands.
The tie between the Czechs and the Germans wasn't decided until the final doubles match, and the suspense wasn't lacking. On day 2, Lucia Hradecka gave the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Andrea Petkovic, but Anna-Lena Groenefeld's 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova forced the tie into a 5th and final match, where the Czech doubles team won 6-1, 6-3.